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Applicant Support

New MCAT Fee Assistance Program for Canadians

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) are piloting a new fee assistance program for Canadian examinees in financial need who register for the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) during the 2018 testing year.

Canadian applicants who qualify will receive reduced scheduling, rescheduling, and cancellation rates for the 2018 and 2019 testing years. Canadian examinees will be able to register for an MCAT exam date through this pilot fee assistance program beginning on February 1, 2018.

Students interested in the Fee Assistance Program for Canadians can learn more about the eligibility criteria, application process, and deadlines by visiting AFMC's website. AFMC will review applications, determine eligibility for financial assistance and notify awardees.

MD Admissions Initiative for Diversity and Equity

MD AIDE's vision is to increase diversity among medical students by eliminating financial and social barriers associated with the application process. We hope to provide 30 students from low SES or Indigenous backgrounds with free Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) preparation, along with mentorship from physicians and medical students. Through this initiative we hope to address two major barriers:

  1. Financial Barriers - The cost of preparing and applying to medical school is high, posing a significant barrier to students with financial need. Medical school application fees, the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) examination fee, and the cost of travel to interviews can accumulate to hundreds of dollars. Writing the MCAT in particular is a large expense, giving an advantage to students who can afford expensive preparatory classes and/or have the privilege of not needing to balance studying with working.
  2. Lack of Social Support - Having access to mentors in medicine confers a significant advantage to students. Mentors are able to not only provide a more accurate portrayal of a medical career, but can also provide positive encouragement and career advice to students.

For more information please contact MD AIDE.